Posts in Depression
How Pastors Can Love Their Church through Mental Health Difficulties

When someone from church is newly diagnosed with cancer, we know what to do: offer verbal condolences, bring a meal, help with childcare or work around the house. When someone from church is newly diagnosed with a mental health condition, it’s not uncommon to have no idea what to do, or how to eke out any words of support.

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Is Self-Care Selfish?

I burrowed into the far corner of the white leather couch, clutching the silky, floral pillow like a life preserver.  I looked up and my gaze floated away into the painting pinned to the wall behind her.  Maybe I was hoping to drift away from this ceaseless cyclone of frustration, exhaustion, anxiety and depression.  Seated across from me, my counselor gently began to navigate into the depths of my unsettling emotions and thoughts.

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What We Wish We Would Have Known about Anxiety & Depression in Friendships

We shook hands and sat across from each other at a wobbly metal table outside of Starbucks.  Natalie picked up a straw wrapper left by a previous table occupant and began folding it in and out of her fingers. 

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Discovering Hope When It Feels Like Depression Has Won

How do we find a hope that is genuine and authentic? How do we discover a hope that is true even in the midst of repeated disappointments and the painful circumstances of life? I found myself asking these very questions as I stood in the aftermath of my husband’s twelve-year battle with clinical depression and his ultimate suicide.

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When Anxiety Takes Hold of My Thoughts

What if I told you negative thoughts can be healthy? Negative thoughts can actually act as a natural self-preservation filter to avoid danger. For example, when my kids ask me to do a backflip on the trampoline, it's healthy for me to have negative thoughts and tell my kids, “No way!” It's not an issue of not believing in myself or trusting God enough, it's a valuable negative assessment to avoid harm and loss.

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